Major 251 Drill For Beginners
Mastering this 251 drill is the most important exercise in the Jazz Piano Foundations course. Virtually every jazz standard contains a 251 in some form and so once we are comfortable identifying and playing the 251 progression we have strong foundations in place.
Type A & Tpe B Voicings
Each progression can be played in “Type A” where we start on the ii-7 chord with the 3rd on the bottom, and “Type B” where we start on the ii-7 chord with the 7th on the bottom.
Remember that the voice leading is always the same – the 7th falling to the 3rd of the next chord – and this takes place at the top or at the bottom of the voicing.
Don’t Become Reliant On Notation!
The full notation for these progressions have been provided in the download section but try not to become overly reliant on the notation. It’s vitally important that we can find the notes of each 7th chord on the piano and also visualise the voice leading of 7ths falling to 3rds.
Whole Step 3-Note 251s – Type A File Type: pdf
Whole Step 3 Note 251s – Type B File Type: pdf
If you struggle with any of these 251 progression, revisit the previous lesson in this course where we drill the scale, triads, and 7th chords of each key.
Once you have mastered this drill, move onto the other drills in the whole step 251 course - https://www.pianogroove.com/jazz-piano-lessons/whole-step-251-exercises/
Pay attention to the voice leading so that you can clearly visualise 7ths falling to 3rds in each 251 progression.